Public sector anti-corruption conference to feature NSW experts

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Lobbying, procurement fraud, police oversight and whistleblowing are just some of the topics that will be examined by more than 80 speakers and panellists, including experts from NSW, at the third Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) from 15 to 17 November in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The biennial conference is the nation's leading anti-corruption conference, with this year's theme, A Global Compass – Navigating Public Sector Corruption, focusing on the international dimension of corruption.

Speakers and panellists from NSW who will take part in APSACC 2011 include Kerry O'Brien, formerly of the ABC's 7.30 Report and current host of Four Corners, Professor Geoff Gallop, Director of the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government, and Professor Andrew Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention and Professor of Law at the University of Wollongong.

APSACC is a joint initiative of three of Australia's leading anti-corruption agencies: the Independent Commission Against Corruption (NSW), the Corruption and Crime Commission (WA) and the Crime and Misconduct Commission (Queensland).

ICAC Commissioner, the Hon David Ipp AO QC, said that the event has, in just a few short years, become one of the most important gatherings of anti-corruption practitioners. This year, more than 500 delegates from around Australia and overseas are expected to participate in the three-day conference.

"It is an important meeting point for a range of professionals, including senior public officials, police officers, policy advisers, academics and human resource specialists. It affords these practitioners – who might not otherwise have the opportunity – to meet, exchange ideas and experiences, and generate robust debate on the latest issues and trends.

"The key to APSACC's success is ensuring that the topics are relevant, dynamic and contemporary. All three agencies work together to ensure that the right mix of workshops and sessions is achieved, and that we secure the participation of the right speakers and experts," Commissioner Ipp said.

Workshops presented by senior ICAC officers will include practical examples from recent investigations, including specific cases of corruption in public sector procurement and local government. A joint presentation will also be delivered with Sydney Water that will discuss findings from a recent public inquiry where ICAC made 18 corruption prevention recommendations.  

APSACC 2011 will be launched by the Hon Christian Porter, Western Australian Treasurer and Attorney General, with a keynote address by the Hon Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of Western Australia.

Gold sponsors of this year's conference are the New South Wales Government and Western Australia's Public Sector Commission.

Early bird registrations save $450 off the standard registration and close on Wednesday, 27 July. More than 200 delegates have already registered for APSACC 2011. Previous conferences were held in Brisbane in 2009 and Sydney in 2007.

More information and registration details for APSAC 2011 are available at